OSU students,

We write to remind you of important protections of your education records that are required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380), as amended; and University Standards 576-020 and 580-013. Your rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review a student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the university official does not maintain the records to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request amendment of the student’s education record that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before OSU discloses the personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including health staff and members of the Law Enforcement Unit); a person or company with whom the university has contracted; a person or company acting as consultant or volunteer for the university; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing their tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Oregon State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-5920
1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)


The information provided here is for informational purposes only.  The complete text of the Oregon State University Student Records Standards, which take precedence, are available here: and


For more FERPA resources please see the Office of the Registrar FERPA page.




Rebecca Mathern, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and University Registrar

Oregon State University

Office of the Registrar

Send Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020